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Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

The Sorrows of Mexico

Hay Festival 2017, 

Veering between carnival and apocalypse, Mexico has in the past ten years become the epicentre of the international drug trade. The so-called war on drugs has been a brutal and chaotic failure: more than 160,000 lives have been lost. The drug cartels and the forces of law and order are often in collusion; corruption is everywhere. Life is cheap, and inconvenient people – the poor, the unlucky, the honest or the inquisitive – become the ‘disappeared’, leaving not a trace behind. In September 2015, more than 26,798 were officially registered as ‘not located’. Yet people in all walks of life have refused to give up. Hernandez gives a chilling account of the ‘disappearance'” of 43 students. Cacho describes what it’s like to live every day as a journalist under threat of death.

Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

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Tim Richardson

What Makes American Gardens American?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Lusciously illustrated lecture ranging from Jefferson’s C18th landscapes in North Carolina to exciting new designers such as Topher Delaney in San Francisco and Martha Schwartz in New Mexico.
Tim Richardson

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Vanessa Feltz – LIVE ON AIR

A BBC Radio 2 Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Vanessa Feltz will be presenting the Jeremy Vine Show live from Hay Festival. As well as reporting on the highlights of the festival she will be interviewing a leading author as part of the popular series What Makes Us Human.

Broadcast weekdays on BBC Radio 2.

BBC Radio 2
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 2 hours
Vanessa Feltz – LIVE ON AIR

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Rupert Thomson and Horatio Clare

Self-Exposure

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two autobiographers, authors of This Party’s Got to Stop and Truant: Notes from the Slippery Slope discuss the risks and liberties of disclosure in the memoir with Consultant Clinical Psychologist Benna Waites.

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Encyclopaedia of Wales

Hay Festival 2008, 
Chief Editor John Davies talks to David Crystal about the vast new reference project that aims to encompass the nation, its history and culture.

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Tahmina Anam & Sonia Faleiro talk to Rosie Boycott

It’s All True

Hay Festival 2011, 
Beautiful Thing, one of the most original works of non-fiction from India in years, is a vivid and intimate portrait of one reporter’s journey into the dark, pulsating and ultimately damaged soul of Bombay.

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Poetry Masterclass 2

Ben Okri and Keguro Macharia

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
The second poetry masterclass is led by Nigerian-born poet Ben Okri (An African Elegy and Mental Flight) and Kenyan poet Keguro Macharia, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.

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Anne Sebba and Juliet Nicolson talk to Lorna Bradbury

Not the Queen of England

Hay Festival 2012, 
The authors of the biography That Woman - The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor and the novel Abdication look at the characters and events that eventually led to the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Claudia Piñeiro, Mario Mendoza and Santiago Gamboa with Juan David Correa

How to tell a crime

Cartagena 2012, 
Claudia Piñeiro, winner of the 2005 Clarín Novel Prize 2005, is author of Betibú, a story that focuses on the investigation of a crime while painting a picture of Argentina. Mario Mendoza is author of Apocalipsis, a journey through the byways of body and spirit. Santiago Gamboa won the 2009 La Otra Orilla Prize for Necrópolis, a work that describes a universe immersed in violence and destruction. They will talk to the journalist Juan David Correa.

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Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers

River Café at Twenty

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking Hammersmith restaurant, whose creative visionaries, Gray and Rogers, and kitchen alumni (Oliver, Fearnley-Whittingstall, Clark & Clark, etc). have changed the way we eat in Britain. Chaired by John Mitchinson.

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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Hay Festival 2011, 
The hilarious and inspiring story of one man’s unlikely quest to create out of a mountainous Welsh landscape a garden fit for inclusion in the prestigious Yellow Book. A comic masterpiece.

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Olivia Party

Hay Festival 2010, 
Everyone’s favourite little pig comes to Hay for songs, stories, dancing and dressing up. Don’t forget to dress up too!
 
4–7 years

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Chrissie Gittins

The Humpback’s Wail

Hay Festival 2010, 
Making cream cakes for pop stars, sweet-smelling pirates and postcards from bathrooms: anything is possible in poetry. Come and hear one of the brightest children’s poets, fresh from CBBC’s Poetry Pie.
 
7+ years

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María Jimena Duzán and Cristian Alarcón with Pablo Ordaz

The Inconvenient Truth: Journalism and Investigation

Cartagena 2011, 
María Jimena Duzán is a journalist, active in Colombia, who has recently published Mi viaje al infierno, a dramatic testimony telling of her sister’s murder by a paramilitary group. The Argentinean journalist Cristian Alarcón presents Si me querés, quereme transa, a work about the drug trade and the result of six months of arduous investigation. Both will talk to Pablo Ordaz, El País’s Mexico correspondent, about the difficulties of investigative journalism and reporting in today’s world.

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Daniel Morden

Greek Myths

Hay Festival 2013, 

Acclaimed storyteller Daniel Morden will bring the Greek myths to life and draw you into the world of Midas, Orpheus, Demeter and Persephone and more.

Duration 45 mins.

8+ years

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Helen Dunmore talks to Alex Clark

Fictions – The Lie

Hay Festival 2014, 

Behind Daniel lie the mud, barbed-wire entanglements and terror of the trenches. Behind him is also the most intense relationship of his life. Set during and just after the First World War, The Lie is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss.

Helen Dunmore talks to Alex Clark

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Oliver Jeffers

Hay Festival 2014, 
Enjoy live drawing and storytelling with Oliver Jeffers. Born in Australia, raised in Belfast, Oliver now lives in Brooklyn and brings some NYC cool to Hay while celebrating the 10th anniversary of How To Catch a Star, and a brand new Hueys book, None the Number, in which the Hueys have an important question about counting…
6+ years
Oliver Jeffers

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Revel Guest in conversation with Richard Cruz

Caballo de Batalla / War Horse

Segovia 2012, 
Revel Guest, chair of the Hay Festival and producer of the film War Horse based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, in conversation with Richard Cruz, the stunt co-ordinator and horse master who trained the horses for the film. Chaired by Carlos del Amo, editor of entertainment at Agencia Efe.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

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Mansoura Ez Eldin, Habib Selmi and Khaled Khalifa in conversation with Fadi Tofeili

Writers and witnesses

Beirut 2012, 
These three finalists of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction are living through remarkable changes in their own countries. They join us to share thoughts about literature, social change and the role of writers, and to tell us about their recent work. Mansoura ez eldin (egypt) was shortlisted for the 2010 Arabic Booker Prize for her acclaimed second novel Beyond Paradise. She also runs the book review section of the distinguished egyptian literary magazine Akhbar al-Adab. Habib Selmi (Tunisia) has published eight novels, four of which have been translated into French with Actes Sud, and two into German. His novel The Scents of Marie-Claire was shortlisted for the 2009 IPAF, with an english translation published by Arabia Books in 2010; his book The Women of al-Basateen was also shortlisted for the IPAF in 2012. Khaled Khalifa (Syria) attracted worldwide media attention with his 2006 novel In Praise of Hatred (Madih al-Karahiya) which was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Chaired by Fadi Tofeili, editor of Portal 9.
 
Event in Arabic
With the support of IPAF

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John Boyne

This House Is Haunted

Kells 2013, 

The author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist introduces his new novel. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night… He talks to Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.

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Juliet Davenport, Sanjeev Gupta, David Phillips and Mark Linder

Close to the Brink: Our Energy Future

Hay Festival 2016, 

A UK energy crisis is looming. 38 Gigawatts is going off-line and only 18GW is currently available to replace it. That includes Hinkley Nuclear and Swansea Tidal Bay. With climate change requiring a low-carbon future, where will our energy come from? Davenport is CEO of Good Energy, Gupta is owner of Uskmouth Power Station, Phillips is National Grid's UK Generator and Asset Compliance Manager and Linder is Energy Futures Partner at Bell Pottinger PR.

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Brian Blessed talks to John Mitchinson

Absolute Pandemonium

Hay Festival 2016, 

The big actor yarns a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars. He falls for Katharine Hepburn on the set of The Trojan Women, suffers wires strapped around his wotsits as he was hoisted into the heavens on Flash Gordon, almost causes an international incident when meeting the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and wins round George Lucas to get the role of Boss Nass on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He punches Harold Pinter, loves and hates Peter O’Toole, woos his beautiful wife Hildegard Neil and braves the shocking death toll on cosy TV drama My Family and Other Animals. Then he climbs Everest.

Brian Blessed talks to John Mitchinson

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Bill Oddie

Bill Oddie Unplucked

Hay Festival 2015, 

From a less-than-satisfactory press trip to the Galapagos Islands to encounters with orcas in Argentina and Iceland and an invisible tiger in India, the former Goodie and Springwatch presenter gives a humorous take on some of his experiences animal- and bird-watching around the world.

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Bill Oddie

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Jack Andraka

Breakthrough

Hay Festival 2015, 

The multi-award-winning teen innovator and scientist overcame the skepticism of the academic world, depression and homophobic bullying to invent, at the age of 15, an early-detection test for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers. It has the potential to be over four hundred times more effective than the medical standard and it costs only 5p per use. Chaired by Alice Key.

Photo: Mark Tucker

Jack Andraka

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Irvine Welsh talks to Andrew O’Hagan

Fictions – A Decent Ride

Hay Festival 2015, 

In his funniest and filthiest novel yet, Welsh celebrates an unreconstructed misogynist hustler – a central character who is shameless but also, oddly, decent – and finds new ways of making wild comedy out of fantastically dark material, taking on some of the last taboos. So fasten your seatbelts, because this is one ride that could certainly get a little bumpy…

Irvine Welsh talks to Andrew O’Hagan